Alan Pardew felt comments made by Patrick Bamford after the draw against Swansea were said when the striker was in an emotional state and believes the words he expressed in a statement released later in the week gave a fairer summing up of his time on loan at Selhurst Park.
"Patrick made a slight error after the game. I think he was a little bit emotional. He has addressed that. I appreciate that," Pardew said as he commented on questions regarding Bamford returning back to Chelsea.
"His comments on Wednesday were much nearer the mark. He has had every chance here.
"We have been getting fantastic results, so his chances have been limited. We kept on winning and you have to keep the balance of the side. It is as simple as that."
The manager does feel though that the 22 year old will have benefited from his time with Palace and sees a good future ahead for the Chelsea youngster.
"Patrick has learned from that experience and I would like to think he will be a very good player for Chelsea and England going forward, this was a learning curve for him. He knows this is a little bit of a step up from the Championship, but there is nothing to suggest he can't make that step up. I wish him all the best for the future.
"I like him. He's a prospect. His game time here was disappointing. I get that. Now he needs to find game time in the Premier League.
"I hope he becomes a top player because he has some really nice attributes as a person and if he becomes a great player, then great."